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Associated Press, Published June 17 2010

North Dakota man gets 30 years for raping woman

BISMARCK – A man who pleaded guilty to breaking into the Bismarck home of a woman with mental disabilities and raping her was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Phillip Seewalker, 43, pleaded guilty in December to three felony charges – gross sexual imposition, burglary and terrorizing – as well as to a misdemeanor theft charge. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Seewalker broke into the 33-year-old woman’s home in April 2009 armed with scissors and assaulted her. They said he took away her phone when she tried to call for help, and stole her phone and $20.

“I can’t imagine anything more devastating that could have happened to this victim,” South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen said.

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